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The Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more, is planned for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24.
Scheduled to take place rain or shine on Nassau and Witherspoon streets and the campus, the event is sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton. Merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists and food vendors will turn the area into a colorful fairground with events for students and families alike. (For some facts and figures on the event, see "By the numbers" in this issue.)
Traditional favorites on four stages will include Flamenco Puro, Sympoh and Naacho. Children's activities -- face painting and interactive science demonstrations -- will take place on Alexander Beach, and student booths will be set up in front of Nassau Hall. The athletics department will offer a variety of sports games and demonstrations put on by student athletes on Cannon Green. Arch sings in the Blair and East Pyne arches will feature Princeton's a cappella groups.
An addition this year will be tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service. They will leave from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival.
The University's International Center will continue its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession beginning at 2 p.m. on the Nassau Street stage and ending on campus. Each flag will represent a Princeton student's home country. The center also will provide international foods and sponsor performances, including the popular Chinese lion dance.
In addition to the children's activities on Alexander Beach, there will be interactive story-telling by the Middle Earth Theater as well as other activities sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library.
For more information, contact the Arts Council at 924-8777 or the University's Office of Community and State Affairs at 258-3204.
The second annual Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs, organized by the Woodrow Wilson School, is planned for Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.
The colloquium, titled "In the Service of All Nations? The Role of NGOs in Global Governance and Society," will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Most events will take place in Robertson Hall.
The two keynote speakers will be:
• Sarah Chayes, former National Public Radio reporter and current director of the Bakhtar Agriculture and Livestock Cooperative in Kandahar, Afghanistan, who will discuss "Assistance to Afghanistan: Not How Much, But How" at 9 a.m. Saturday in 16 Robertson Hall; and
• Fernando Henrique Cardoso, president of Brazil from 1995 to 2002 and the current chair of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel of Eminent Persons on Civil Society and U.N. Relationships, who will discuss "The Role of Civil Society in Strengthening Democratic Governance" at 1 p.m. Saturday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
The conference will focus on the increasing importance of nongovernmental organizations and civil society in addressing pressing challenges traditionally within the exclusive purview of governments. Speakers will consider the ways in which NGOs, civil society, public-private partnerships and governments interact, complement and challenge one another, both domestically and internationally. Two subthemes -- AIDS and nation-building -- will provide a framework for concrete examples.
The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and coincides with the school's Graduate Alumni Weekend. For more information, visit the colloquium's Web site at <www.wws.princeton.edu/pcpia/>.
"Various Gods of Wrath" is one of the paintings by Catherine Yi-yu Cho Woo on view in the Bernstein Gallery of Robertson Hall through April 29. Woo is an accomplished painter, poet, composer, teacher and writer and the first Asian American woman to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Her paintings have been shown in galleries and museums through-out Asia and the United States, including at the United Nations, the Sackler Museum at Harvard University and the National Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.
The artist will talk about her work at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 29, in the East Room of Murray-Dodge Hall. Hours for the exhibition, sponsored by the International Center and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council, will discuss "Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom in the 21st Century" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in 2 Robertson Hall.
Sanger, a 1969 Princeton graduate, is the grandson of Margaret Sanger, who founded the birth control movement more than 80 years ago. He previously served as the president of Planned Parenthood of New York City and its international arm, the Margaret Sanger Center International, from 1991 to 2000. He is the author of "Beyond Choice" (PublicAffairs, 2004), which explores the history of the reproductive rights movement and the stalemate between "pro-choicers" and "pro-lifers" 30 years after Roe v. Wade.
The lecture is sponsored by the Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the Women's Center.
Photography by senior Lauren Holuba and painting by senior Rachel Gutwein will be on display April 20 through May 6 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. The work is part of their senior thesis shows in the Program in Visual Arts. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Scholars from around the country will examine issues related to women and religion in the African Diaspora in a conference scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.
The conference is the culmination of the three-year Women and Religion in the African Diaspora Project, undertaken by a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars exploring aspects of gender and religion in various diasporic contexts in the Americas and the Caribbean. The research project, funded by the Ford Foundation, was organized to expand awareness of women's diverse ways of utilizing religious beliefs and practices in African-derived or African-influenced traditions, along with their social, cultural and political effects.
The conference will open at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with a keynote lecture by Brent Hayes Edwards, an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of "The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation and the Rise of Black Internationalism" (Harvard University Press, 2003). Panel discussions will feature new work by scholars in the field. Respondents will include faculty members from Princeton and other universities. Closing comments will be delivered at 4 p.m. Saturday by Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an associate professor of religion at Princeton.
The conference, sponsored by Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion, is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. The full schedule is available online at <www.princeton.edu/~csrelig/WRAD/>. The conference is co-sponsored by the Program in African American Studies.
The conference proceedings will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in a volume co-edited by R. Marie Griffith, an associate professor of religion at Princeton and organizer of the Women and Religion in the African Diaspora Project, and Barbara Dianne Savage, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times, will present the seventh lecture in a series on "Secrecy, Security and Self-Government" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
She will give "A View From Newsroom Management" in the lecture, which is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.
Abramson was appointed managing editor of The Times in August 2003 after serving as Washington bureau chief since December 2000. During the fall 2000 semester, she was a Ferris Professor in Princeton's Humanities Council, teaching an undergraduate seminar on politics and journalism.
Abramson is the co-author of "Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas" (Houghton Mifflin, 1994).
San Francisco's Grammy Award-winning a cappella male vocal ensemble Chanticleer returns to the McCarter Theatre Center at 8 p.m. Monday, April 19. The concert marks a homecoming for 1995 Princeton High School graduate Jesse Antin (far right), who is in his fourth season with the group. Standing room tickets at $15 are available by calling the McCarter Theatre box office at 258-2787.